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15220Re: [ANE-2] The number 36

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  • Clark Whelton
    Oct 29, 2013
      These curious traditions concerning the number 36 may go back to ancient Egypt.   See
      “The Egyptian division of the year into 36 ten-day periods, each presided over by a particular stellar deity, gave birth to the astrological system of ruleship known as decans in classical astrology, though usually referred to as 'faces' in medieval texts. This is where each 30° sign of the zodiac is subdivided into 10° segments and governed by one of the planets. Thus the Stars of Time became the Gods of Time - the Rulers of Destiny...” 
      Clark Whelton
      New York
      Ha, what a coincidence: I was just reading a passage from m. Keritot, which starts out by enumerating 36 sins that lead to one being "cut off."


      Stewart Felker,
      University of Memphis
      Sent: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 10:10 AM
      Subject: Re: [ANE-2] The number 36

      A bit later and far away, the Babylonian Talmud (possibly Suk. 45b) has a Jewish tradition that every generation has 36 truly righteous people on whose account the world continues to exist (i.e., despite the wickedness produced by everyone else).

      Simi Chavel
      Simeon Chavel
      Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible
      The University of Chicago Divinity School
      On Oct 25, 2013, at 11:39 PM, <clancyfrank@...> <clancyfrank@...> wrote:


      Hello - Did the number 36 have any special ideological significance in ancient Greece or ancient Egypt?  It is after all 12 times 3 and both have been known to signify completion or perfection.  Any help would be appreciated.


      Frank Clancy

      Kitchener, Ontario

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